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The Resource Companions without vows : relationships among eighteenth-century British women, Betty Rizzo

Companions without vows : relationships among eighteenth-century British women, Betty Rizzo

Label
Companions without vows : relationships among eighteenth-century British women
Title
Companions without vows
Title remainder
relationships among eighteenth-century British women
Statement of responsibility
Betty Rizzo
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Companions Without Vows is the first detailed study of the companionate relationship among women in eighteenth-century England - a type of relationship so prevalent that it was nearly institutionalized. Drawing extensively upon primary documents and fictional narratives, Betty Rizzo describes the socioeconomic conditions that forced women to take on or to become companions and examines a number of actual companionate relationships." "As Rizzo points out, several factors fostered such relationships. Husbands and wives of the period lived largely separate social lives, yet decorum prohibited genteel women from attending engagements unaccompanied. Also, women of position needed - or insisted on having - social consultants and confidantes. Filling this need were many well-born young women without sufficient funds to live independently. Because family money and property were concentrated in the hands of eldest sons, few unattached daughters could afford to live in comfort on their own. As a result, they frequently had to seek the protection of female benefactors for whom they performed unpaid, nonmenial tasks, such as providing a hand at cards or simply offering pleasant company."
  • "The companionate relationship between women could assume many forms, Rizzo notes. it was often analogous to marriage, with one partner in command and the other in subservient attendance. Some women - particularly in the second half of the century - experimented with more altruistic models, establishing partnerships that were truly egalitarian. Rizzo explores these various types of relationships both in real life and in fiction, noting that much of the period's discourse about women's relationships can be seen as a tacit commentary on marriage. Many women writers, she contends, consistently portrayed the moral corruption that tainted companions as well as their superiors. Although few of these writers called openly for an end to gender inequality, Frances Burney, Sarah Fielding, Sarah Scott, Charlotte Smith, and others effectively subverted prevailing ideology by quietly experimenting with alternative models. The most notable of these efforts, says Rizzo, was the work of the Bath community of women, the ideas of which helped to produce both Sarah Scott's novel The History of Millenium Hall and a short-lived utopian experiment."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rizzo, Betty
Dewey number
306.81/0941/09033
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ800.4.G3
LC item number
R58 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Single women
  • Women
  • Fellowship
  • Marriage
  • Women benefactors
  • Upper class
Label
Companions without vows : relationships among eighteenth-century British women, Betty Rizzo
Link
http://www.gbv.de/dms/bowker/toc/9780820315416.pdf
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-405) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ch. 1. Companionship: A Range of Possible Choices -- Ch. 2. The Socioeconomics -- Ch. 3. Satires of Tyrants and Toadeaters: Fielding and Collier -- Ch. 4. Elizabeth Chudleigh and Her Maids of Honor -- Ch. 5. Frances Burney and the Anatomy of Companionship -- Ch. 6. Parent and Child: Montagu and Gregory -- Ch. 7. Deputy Labor: Empowering Strategies I -- Ch. 8. Agents, Rivals, and Spies: Empowering Strategies II -- Ch. 9. Business Partners: Baddeley and Steele -- Ch. 10. The Domestic Triangle: The Veseys and Handcock -- Ch. 11. Sensibility and Romantic Friendship: Frances Greville and Lady Spencer -- Ch. 12. Friends: Molly Carter and Louisa Clarges -- Ch. 13. Reformers: Sarah Scott and Barbara Montagu
Control code
ocm27224282
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 439 pages
Isbn
9780820315416
Lccn
92045141
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)27224282
Label
Companions without vows : relationships among eighteenth-century British women, Betty Rizzo
Link
http://www.gbv.de/dms/bowker/toc/9780820315416.pdf
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-405) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ch. 1. Companionship: A Range of Possible Choices -- Ch. 2. The Socioeconomics -- Ch. 3. Satires of Tyrants and Toadeaters: Fielding and Collier -- Ch. 4. Elizabeth Chudleigh and Her Maids of Honor -- Ch. 5. Frances Burney and the Anatomy of Companionship -- Ch. 6. Parent and Child: Montagu and Gregory -- Ch. 7. Deputy Labor: Empowering Strategies I -- Ch. 8. Agents, Rivals, and Spies: Empowering Strategies II -- Ch. 9. Business Partners: Baddeley and Steele -- Ch. 10. The Domestic Triangle: The Veseys and Handcock -- Ch. 11. Sensibility and Romantic Friendship: Frances Greville and Lady Spencer -- Ch. 12. Friends: Molly Carter and Louisa Clarges -- Ch. 13. Reformers: Sarah Scott and Barbara Montagu
Control code
ocm27224282
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 439 pages
Isbn
9780820315416
Lccn
92045141
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)27224282

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